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Feds and Puerto Rico Reach Deal Allowing Disaster Recovery Loans To Start Flowing

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 17:29

Puerto Rico's governor had been locked in tense negotiations with the U.S. Treasury over terms governing $4.7 billion in loans that Congress approved to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria.

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How Social Security Numbers Became A Form Of National Identification

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:36

The Social Security number was never meant to be a form of national identification. And yet, here were are: Nine digits that rule our lives and ruin our lives if they wind up in the wrong hands.

California Residents Bracing For More Mudslides

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:36

NPR's Ailsa Chang speaks with Rita Bourbon, who survived a mudslide in her Santa Barbara, Calif., home in January. This week, she evacuated for the fifth time since then, and talks about how she and her neighbors have been coping.

Sacramento Residents Concerned Over Video Showing Police Shooting Unarmed Man

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:36

Video footage of police officers fatally shooting a Sacramento man in his grandparents' backyard is raising questions about whether police acted properly. Officers thought he had a gun, but it was a cell phone. The shooting is under investigation.

What Newly Proposed Tariffs On China Mean For The U.S. Business Community

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:36

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with Erin Ennis, Vice-President of the US-China Business Council, about the White House proposal for tariffs on China. She talks about how the proposed tariffs concern American companies doing business with China.

Dow Drops 724 Points Amid Fears Of A U.S. Trade War With China

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:19

The Dow Jones industrial average tumbled nearly 3 percent Thursday after the Trump administration announced plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports.

For One Father And Son In Puerto Rico, A Storm Was Just The Latest Trial

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:46

The Martinez family has been waiting more than a year for a neurologist to diagnose the son's condition. He needs a diagnosis to be eligible for the health care he needs, but can't get an appointment.

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Medical Research, Drug Treatment And Mental Health Are Winners In New Budget Bill

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:45

There's no sign of a plan to stabilize the Affordable Care Act marketplaces in the new budget bill, but the agreement does provide a lot more money for other things in healthcare.

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The U.N. Set 17 Goals To Make The World A Better Place. How's It Doing?

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:40

It's hard tracking down data to see what progress is being made on the Sustainable Development Goals. Now there's a shiny new tool that does it for you.

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Why Gina Haspel Would Be Unlike Any CIA Director Before Her

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 15:04

If confirmed, Gina Haspel will become the first career professional of the CIA to rise through the ranks to the top job in a long time, writes Paul Pillar.

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Les Payne, Pulitzer Prize-Winner And NABJ Founder, Dies At 76

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 14:41

He committed himself to improving conditions for African Americans saying "I saw myself as a kind of lead pipe in the hands of people who did not otherwise have a weapon to counter such things."

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How The Trump Organization Mixes Business And Politics In India

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 14:25

Journalist Anjali Kamat spent a year investigating Trump's business deals in India. Her report is in the New Republic and on the WNYC podcast, Trump Inc., which is co-hosted by Andrea Bernstein.

One Month After Abduction, Boko Haram Brings Home More Than 100 Dapchi Girls

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 14:21

Just one student who reportedly refused to convert to Islam from Christianity remains in captivity. 110 girls were snatched from their school in northeastern Nigeria on Feb. 19.

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Former South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak Is Arrested On Graft Charges

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 13:20

Lee's arrest comes just a year after the impeachment of his successor, Park Geun-hye, over corruption allegations of her own. Both former presidents are now in jail.

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Video Shows Sacramento Police Shoot Unarmed Black Man In Grandparents' Backyard

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:59

Body camera footage shows two officers firing about 20 shots at Stephon Clark, then waiting five minutes without giving aid. The officers had responded to a 911 call of a man breaking car windows.

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Lead Lawyer On Trump's Team Handling Special Counsel Russia Probe Resigns

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:24

John Dowd recently said the special counsel's Russia investigation should be shut down. He is now leaving, saying, "I love the president and wish him well."

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President Trump Orders $50 Billion Tariffs On China

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:15

Trump ordered stiff new tariffs on a wide range of Chinese imports in response to what the White House calls China's unfair treatment of U.S. technology.

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Woman's Instagram Post About Kenyan Child Ignites Fury

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 12:01

In the post, since deleted, the woman wrote: "One of the happiest moments in your life was probably when you met me and my friends," she wrote.

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Infiltrating Power Grid Would Be Difficult; Here's Why

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:55

The Trump administration said it has evidence that Russian hackers got into the U.S. power grid. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to The Washington Post's Philip Bump, who says that's overly simplistic.

How China May Fight A Trade War With The U.S.

Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:33

China has an array of options for striking back after President Trump unleashes new tariffs on imports from the country.